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Joined up government

In England more than 600,000 properties face flooding in the future without investment in drainage, a report from the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has found.

At the moment, 325,000 English properties have a 60% risk of flooding in the next decade, according to calculations by the NIC, due to a lack of investment in infrastructure.

The report calls for stricter controls on building in flood-prone areas, as well as a £2bn investment in drainage over 30 years to bring our systems up to standard and stop lives being ruined by flooding.

Does this mean they’re going to stop insisting on creating wetlands by not pumping out the Somerset Levels?

Does it buggery. So much for joined up government.

6 thoughts on “Joined up government”

  1. I’ve said it before, but “They said I were mad to build a castle on a swamp but I built it anyway. It fell into the……. etc.etc” Python, M productions.

  2. Does this mean they’re going to stop insisting on creating wetlands by not pumping out the Somerset Levels?

    Isn’t the long term plan to make them an inland sea; part of the general policy of abandoning the land to the “inevitable”?

  3. I recall that 3-4 decades back the then Dutch government moved to stop fighting water and embrace it. This led to the development of amphibious homes. The reasons at the time had sweet damn all to to with climate change or ‘the enironment’ as is oft claimed today. It was simply to devlop a way of utilising the available space in areas prone to flooding. Used to be a fabulous website promoting the concept. It seems to have died.

    Whatever happened to that notion? Change of government? I see there are odd settlements hither and yon in Netherlands and elsewhere in the world but nothing like the plans laid out in the 1990s.

  4. There were experiments with amphibious homes in the UK, but the damn occupiers kept using the undercroft for storage and complaining when it got flooded.

  5. I have just read an article about the Netherlands having adopted a new method of flood control.They move everything back from the river and build flood banks further away and higher.They are also rebuilding bridges with fewer uprights in the stream. This gives the water room to expand and helps reduce the velocity of the flood water, thus cutting down any erosion of the banks. New Zealand is considering doing the same with some of its braided rivers. Apparently one town in Australia has almost completely moved out of the flood plain onto higher ground .

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